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Lee Zeldin
New York state senator

Lee Zeldin

Lee Zeldin
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Intro New York state senator
Is Lawyer Politician
From United States of America
Field Law Politics
Gender male
Birth 30 January 1980, New York City
Age 42 years
Star sign Aquarius
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Biography

Lee M. Zeldin (born January 30, 1980) is an American lawyer and politician. A Republican, he has represented New York's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since 2015. New York's 1st district includes Central and Eastern Suffolk County, including most of Smithtown, as well as the entirety of the towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, East Hampton, and Shelter Island, and a small portion of Islip.

Early life, education, and military service

Zeldin was raised in Shirley, Suffolk County, New York and graduated from William Floyd High School in 1998. He received a B.A. (cum laude) in political science from the State University of New York at Albany in 2001 and earned his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in May 2003.

Upon graduation from law school, he received an Army ROTC commission as a Second Lieutenant, assigned to the Military Intelligence Corps of the United States Army. He became a member of the New York State Bar in January 2004 at the age of 23. In 2006, he was deployed to Iraq with an infantry battalion of paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division. In 2007, he transitioned from active duty to the Army Reserve where he currently serves with the rank of Major. In 2008, Zeldin started a law practice in Smithtown, New York.

New York Senate

Elections

In 2010, Zeldin ran in the New York Senate's 3rd district, challenging Democratic incumbent Brian X. Foley. Zeldin defeated Foley 58%–42%. In 2012, he won re-election to a second term, defeating Democrat Francis Genco, 56%–44%.

Tenure

In January 2011, Zeldin co-sponsored legislation that enacted a 2% property tax cap.

In June 2011, Zeldin voted against the Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33–29. In a statement after the bill passed, Zeldin said: "It is my belief that marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman."

In December 2011, Zeldin supported a $250 million cut to the MTA payroll tax.

In March 2012, Zeldin created the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Support program as part of the 2012–13 New York State Budget.

On January 14, 2013, Zeldin did not vote on the NY SAFE Act, a gun control bill that passed the New York State Senate, 43 votes to 18. In a statement released to the press after the vote, Zeldin said he would have voted against the measure.

In February 2014, Zeldin introduced a bill that sought to halt implementation of the Common Core curriculum for three years. The bill was referred to the Senate Education committee.

On March 17, 2014, Zeldin voted against the New York Dream Act.

U.S. Congress

Elections

2008

In 2008, Zeldin challenged incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop in New York's 1st congressional district. Bishop defeated Zeldin 58%–42%.

2014

On October 6, 2013, Zeldin announced he would seek the Republican nomination to again run against incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop. Zeldin defeated George Demos in the Republican Party primary and ran unopposed for the Conservative Party nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. Zeldin had the backing of former Congressman and U.S. House Majority leader Eric Cantor, former Congressman Allen West, U.S. Senator John McCain, and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. Zeldin was endorsed by the United States Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Suffolk County Republican Committee, and Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh.

On June 24, 2014, Zeldin defeated George Demos, 62% to 37% to secure the Republican Party nomination. On November 4, 2014, Zeldin defeated Bishop, 54% to 45%, to represent New York's 1st congressional district in the United States Congress.

2016

In February 2015, the NRCC announced that Zeldin was one of 12 members in the Patriot Program, a program designed to help protect vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2016 election.

Zeldin ran for re-election in 2016. He faced no opposition in the Republican primary, which was held on June 28, 2016. He was challenged in the November 8, 2016, general election by Anna Throne-Holst, winner of the Democratic primary. Preliminary results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections showed Zeldin securing nearly 59% of the vote to retain his seat.

Tenure

Veterans affairs

In February 2015, Zeldin introduced his first bill, which would eliminate the loan limit of a loan that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs can guarantee for a veteran.

In February 2016, Zeldin proposed federal legislation that would fund a three-year, $25 million nationwide veterans peer support program modeled on one he helped establish in New York State.

Environmental issues

In April 2015, Zeldin along with Democratic U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, introduced the Fluke Fairness Act. The bill would reform the current system for managing fluke fishing quotas by creating a regional approach to updating quotas and standards based on geographic, scientific, and economic data.

On July 15, 2015, Zeldin introduced the Exclusive Economic Zone Clarification Act. The bill proposes to amend the boundary in part of the federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). It would give fisheries management of Block Island Sound exclusively to New York and Rhode Island. Some Connecticut fishermen have said the proposed bill could put them out of business.

Also in September 2015, Zeldin, along with Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, condemned the dumping of dredged materials, stating: “We can't just assume that dumping these waste spoils in the Long Island Sound is environmentally benign. We support dredging initiatives all across the First Congressional District. What we do with that waste spoil is also just as critically important.”

In that same month, Zeldin, along with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), announced that $2.5 million was put forth by the Federal Aviation Administration for a runway rehabilitation project at Gabreski Airport.

In April 2016, Zeldin introduced legislation to prevent the federal government's sale of Plum Island to the highest bidder. In May 2016, his bill unanimously passed the U.S. House.

Social issues

In May 2015, Zeldin voted for H.R.36, a bill which he co-sponsored, that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later and would impose criminal penalties on doctors who violate the ban.

On September 18, 2015, Zeldin voted for the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year unless the organization agrees to not provide abortion services.

Same-sex marriage

In June 2015, after the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. Zeldin would not comment about his view of same-sex marriage, however he indicated that he believed the issue should have been decided at the state level. A month later, Zeldin signed on as a co-sponsor of the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill whose supporters say is designed to protect Americans who use their religious beliefs to deny services to same sex couples or unmarried pregnant women. Critics of the measure say it will enable people to violate the legal rights of same-sex couples and their children by discriminating against them.

According to the legislation, the federal government is not allowed to “take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”

Education

In July 2015, Zeldin attached an amendment to the Student Success Act. This amendment would allow for states to opt-out of the Common Core or other standards without penalty. The amendment was passed and signed into law thereafter.

Health policy

As of September 2015, Zeldin co-sponsored two bills in Congress that would combat Lyme disease. The bills are the Tick-Borne Disease Research and Accountability and Transparency Act of 2015 and the 21st Century Cures Act.

Foreign affairs

In January 2016, the New York Post reported that Zeldin was a no-show in 2015 at 12 of 18 House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearings that dealt specifically with ISIL and with Syria.

Zeldin has criticized President Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal.

In February 2016, Zeldin, along with Republican congressmen Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey, sought visas to travel to Iran to check the country's compliance with the Iran nuclear deal framework. On June 7, 2016, Iran called the request a "publicity stunt" and said it would deny the visas.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
    • Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Aviation
    • Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

Political positions

Zeldin endorsed Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee after Trump effectively clinched the nomination on May 3, 2016. Zeldin had previously indicated that he would support the eventual Republican nominee.

Zeldin faulted Trump for his attack on Khizr and Ghazala Khan, a Gold Star family whose son Humayun, a Captain in the Army, was killed during the Iraq War, but stated he would continue to support Trump.

Personal life

Zeldin is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Jewish War Veterans. He is married to Diana Zeldin, and they have twin daughters, Mikayla and Arianna. They live in Shirley, New York.

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